h u m a n i t y

. . . . . . . silly human . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . silly human race . . . . . . .

It is usually the sign of an advanced civilization and culture
when its citizens are genuinely friendly to foreigners,
tourists and other assorted visitors to their realm.
Or that's how they'll be generally regarded.

If the World Were
a Village of 100 People
In the world today, more than 6 billion people live.
If this world were shrunk to a village of
 100 people, what would it look like?

59 would be Asian
14 would be American (North, Central and South)
14 would be African
12 would be European
1 would be from the South Pacific

50 would be women, 50 would be men
30 would be children, 70 would be adults.
70 would be nonwhite, 30 would be white
90 would be heterosexual, 10 would be homosexual

33 would be Christians
21 would be Moslems
15 would be Hindus
6 would be Buddhists
5 would be Animists
6 would believe in other religions
14 would be without any religion or atheist.

15 would speak Chinese, Mandarin
7 English
6 Hindi
6 Spanish
5 Russian
4 Arabic
3 Bengali
3 Portuguese
The other would speak Indonesian, Japanese,
German, French, or some other language.

20 are underonurished
1 is dying of starvation
15 are overweight.

Of the wealth in this village, 
6 people own 59%
 (all of them from the United States), 
74 people own 39%, 
20 people share the remaining 2%.

Of the energy of this village, 
20 people consume 80%, 
80 people share the remaining 20%.

20 have no clean, safe water to drink.

56 have access to sanitation

15 adults are illiterate.
1 has an university degree.
7 have computers.

In one year, 1 person in the village will die,
 but in the same year, 2 babies will be born,
 so that at the year's end
 the number of villagers will be 101.

If you do not live in fear of death
 by bombardment, armed attack, landmines,
 or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups,
 then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.

If you can speak and act
 according to your faith and your conscience
 without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death,
 then you are more fortunate than 48, who can not.

If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet
 and spare change somewhere around the house,
 then you are among the richest 8.

If you can read this message,
 that means you are probably lucky!

Hidden Rules of Economic Classes
Some differences between the poor, middle class and wealthy,
according to the workbook "Understanding Poverty" - by Ruby K. Payne
Generational Poverty
The driving forces for decision-making are survival, relationships and entertainment. Food is valued for its quantity. People are possessions. A relationship is valued over achievement. You must defend your child no matter what he or she has done. Too much education is feared because the individual might leave. "The World" is defined in local terms. Physical fighting is how conflict is usually resolved. If you only know casual register, you do not have the words to negotiate a resolution. Respect is accorded to those who can physically defend themselves.
Middle Class
The driving forces for decision-making are work and achievement. Food is valued for its quality. Things are possessions. If material security is threatened, often the relationship is broken. "The World" is defined in national terms. The national news is often watched. Travel tends to be within the nation. Fighting is done verbally. Physical fighting is viewed with distaste.
The Wealthy
The driving forces for decision-making are social, financial and political connections. Food is valued for its presentation. Legacies, one-of-a-kind objects, and pedigrees are possessions. "The World" is defined in international terms. Fighting is done through social inclusion/exclusion and through lawyers.

An eye for an eye 
makes the whole world blind. 
You must be the change 
you want to see in the world. 
Victory attained by violence 
is tantamount to a defeat, 
for it is momentary. 
I cannot teach you violence, 
as I do not myself believe in it. 
I can only teach you not to 
bow your heads before anyone 
even at the cost of your life. 
What difference does it make 
to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, 
whether the mad destruction is wrought
under the name of totalitarianism
or the holy name of liberty or democracy? 
Freedom is not worth having
if it does not connote freedom to err. 
It passes my comprehension how human beings, 
be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in
depriving other human beings of that precious right. 
Honest differences are often
a healthy sign of progress. 
Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; 
we must be doing something to be happy. 
Hate the sin, 
love the sinner. 
The weak can never forgive. 
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. 
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. 
Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well. 
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, 
and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. 
I want freedom 
for the full expression 
of my personality. 
One needs to be slow to form convictions, 
but once formed they must be defended 
against the heaviest odds. 
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, 
the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. 
A man is but 
the product of his thoughts.
What he thinks, he becomes.
If we are to teach real peace in this world,
and if we are to carry on a real war against war,
we shall have to begin with the children.
As long as you derive
inner help and comfort
from anything, keep it. 
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. 
It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest 
might weaken and the wisest might err. 
Whatever you do 
will be insignificant, 
but it is very important 
that you do it. 
Our life 
is a long 
and arduous 
quest after Truth. 
It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, 
than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. 
Happiness is when 
what you think, 
what you say, 
and what you do 
are in harmony. 
You must not lose
faith in humanity. 
Humanity is an ocean; 
if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, 
the ocean does not become dirty. 
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing 
would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
The best way to find yourself is to 
lose yourself in the service of others.
I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
is the greatest force
at the disposal of mankind.
A small body of determined spirits 
fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission 
can alter the course of history.
is the worst 
form of violence.
We may have our private opinions 
but why should they be a bar 
to the meeting of hearts?
There are people in the world so hungry, 
that God cannot appear to them 
except in the form of bread.
Truth is by nature self-evident. 
As soon as you remove the cobwebs
of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
We win justice quickest 
by rendering justice
to the other party.
When restraint and courtesy
are added to strength,
the latter becomes irresistible.